What I’ve Been Binge-Watching #6

I do watch a lot and it has become even more evident with these posts. I mean, this is already post #6 and I’ve written my first binge-watching round-up on the 17th of December. Let me know if you can think of a better way than numbering the posts maybe?

The Umbrella Academy

So, here’s the thing … I took Friday (the release day) off work, woke up in the morning (because Netflix shows release at 9AM in my country) and did a 10-hour-binge (without a break) of The Umbrella Academy. NO REGRETS!

The Umbrella Academy is a comic book that was, in part, created by My Chemical Romance member Gerard Way. That guy is incredibly talented and even if the show didn’t stick to the comics 100%, they did a formidable job in adapting the story and characters. This isn’t your usual “superheroes need to save the world” kind of deal. This is more of a “we are all completely messed up but better together and therefore need to somehow make this family with all its massive issues work so that we don’t end this world”. Exciting, right?

I already knew that I would love the show based on the casting alone. I miss Tom Hopper’s days on Black Sails dearly, Ellen Page is just too cool for this world and my darling and absolute favourite, Robert Sheehan, gets to play the most awesome character on the show. I think I’ve said this before, but characters that are called Klaus have like an instant plus with me and, lo and behold, Sheehan’s character Number Four was also called Klaus! It was just coincidence that I also absolute loved his persona on the show after the fact though. I liked the acting all around, but I feel like Sheehan got to show his full range with craziness as well as deep emotions, showing a performance that’s a little bit reminiscent of his role Nathan on Misfits. I just love the dude, alright?

Also, on a last note: the music selection and the random put fitting dancing scenes are perfection!

The Dragon Prince (Season 2)

The thing with the Dragon Prince is that I really enjoy the show but the seasons are SO short. It takes me a little bit to get into it and by the time I actually want to just sit there and binge it all, it kind of … ends? In my opinion, season 1 was a little bit better, but not by much. It’s just that I hoped for a bit more development in terms of the relationship between the characters, but I don’t think that a lot has changed throughout the season. They all had their own stuff to deal with and had more singular focus than group efforts. So, I am not saying that wasn’t interesting, I just hoped for something a bit different.

Also, I love Bait and he was massively neglected this season. I legit looked up if you can buy a plush of him (you can, but unfortunately only in shops that don’t ship to me), that’s how much I love him and he deserved better.

Sorry for Your Loss

I started watching this show a while back, but I only now realised that Facebook Watch is, in fact, available in Germany and that I could binge the rest now. They did such a quiet release of the platform, I think a lot of people are missing out on it.

Sorry for Your Loss is an amazing show about grief. We all deal differently with loss and that’s cool, but most media are scared to dig into the really not so pretty sides of it all. When you are grieving you can be selfish, mean, angry and all of that for however long you need it to be. I have to say that I preferred the scenes when we were with Leigh (Elizabeth Olsen) instead of her mum or sister, but obviously the whole thing affected them too.

This show isn’t about plot, a lot of that is predictable, but it is instead about characters. It’s about their feelings and relationships, how hard it is to find out things about someone who is gone and having no way to talk to them about it and that’s the kind of show I just dig! Episodes aren’t too long, so if things are getting too heavy for you, you don’t have to sit through an entire hour.

And as a little final treat – the show was renewed for a second season, so it will continue in fall 2019.


Do you watch any of the shows I mentioned here? Do you want to talk about them? Let’s chat!

Writing Insights #6: NaNoWriMo

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It’s been a while since I have posted a Writing Insight, but November is the perfect month to dive into a little bit of NaNoWriMo. It’s the third year I am participating and for those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. It’s quite the international venture though, with people from all over the world trying to write 50,000 words for the first draft of their novel in 30 days. Of course you can rebel and edit a previous work, choose your own word count or don’t write a comprehensive story at all. The spirit of the event is to write, no matter how you do it!

When I first tried, I “won” immediately, the second time around I honestly didn’t even try as hard (but I am still proud of getting to 25,000 words) and this year? Well, I am semi-nanowrimo-ing. My current WIP is called Arcadia, as I’ve mentioned several times before, and I don’t just want to rush it. However, I do try to write something every day. (If you haven’t seen it yet, you can read the Prologue + 6 Chapters right here!) So, there’s something that just really makes me want to participate, even when I don’t have the time or brain cells to be full in and here’s why:

  • I know that NaNoWriMo is a pressure of sorts, but it is also a lot of motivation. I am a competitive person, so when I get a task with a specific goal, such as reaching a certain word target each day, I WANT to do it. Also, you can earn badges and I just want to have them aaaaall!
  • If you sign up on the official NaNoWriMo website, you can connect with fellow writers online by adding them as writing buddies (my handle is Kat_Impossible if you want to add me!) BUT you can also come together with people from your region. This isn’t happening everywhere, but many places try to organise kick-off events, write-ins and planning sessions. It’s a fun way to meet new people who have similar interests to you and to find people who will hold you accountable during the month!
  • Whatever you write, know that it is not supposed to be perfect. The whole point of this venture is to get you to creative freedom. Write away, leave all the plotholes in the world in it and at the end of the month, you will have a first rough draft of your story and it’s the most glorious feeling! I am holding back this year, because I am sharing my story as I write it. That’s a scary thing in itself, but I at least try to make sense with it nonetheless. I am not saying that it won’t need a lot of work and time to edit Arcadia in the end, but it might be the tiniest bit easier than it would be if I didn’t care at all.

In the end, there’s no right or wrong way to do NaNoWriMo. I kept this post intentionally short, because I was wondering if you had specific quesitons about that topic? Have you ever participated in NaNoWriMo? Did you like the experience or not? Let’s discuss in the comments!